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Sheriff's office mourns loss of K-9 Grep

11 Jan 2017

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RIP K-9 Grip (2004-2017)

  The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office mourns the loss of K-9 Grep who passed away on Friday January 6, 2017. K-9 Grep, who was nearly 14 years old, began his service with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office in December 2004 and retired in October 2013. K-9 Grep was a dual purpose law enforcement canine who was trained in patrol functions and narcotics detection.

Although K-9 Grep had been retired for over three years, he was beloved by many at the Sheriff’s Office. Throughout the course of his career, K-9 Grep was responsible for numerous felony apprehensions and many narcotics seizures. K-9 Grep will be remembered for his relentless drive and his unwavering desire to find narcotics, “bad guys”, and the love and praise of his handlers.

 K-9 Grep was handled by Sergeant Ashley Henson for the first seven years of his career until Sergeant Henson got promoted to the full time role of Public Information Officer. After Sergeant Henson’s promotion, K-9 Grep was handled by Deputy First Class Rickey Waters.

Sheriff Gary Gulledge stated, “Grep was a great dog and an asset to Paulding County. He was also the brother to my dog K-9 Hondo. Law Enforcement canines live their lives to serve the communities they work for, K-9 Grep was the epitome of this. He will be sorely missed by us all.”

 K-9 Grep passed away peacefully with those that loved him most by his side. He will be laid to rest behind the Sheriff’s Office in the K-9 Memorial area where K-9 Basco, K-9 Rudi, K-9 Chico, and K-9 Hondo are also buried. Please keep the Sheriff’s Office and the law enforcement K-9 community in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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24th Annual Dallas (GA) Christmas Parade

05 Dec 2016

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24th Annual Dallas (GA) Christmas Parade




Dallas was the site of holiday cheer Saturday as the 24th Annual Dallas Christmas Parade went off without a hitch. Well, maybe there were a few hitches as there were horses but the hour-long parade was captured for the enjoyment of all.

Service to other was the theme of the parade and over 2000 participants were featured in 82 entrants sponsored by the Paulding County Rotary Club.
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See you at the Christmas Parade in downtown Dallas DEC 3

02 Dec 2016

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Dallas welcomes Santa on Saturday

Santa frame capSanta and the Mrs. are shown  in the above frame from the 2013 video produced by Robert Crouse. 

The 24th annual Dallas Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 3rd, beginning at 1 p.m. with partly cloudy skies and temps a brisk 55 degrees. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be among the more than  Eighty floats and vehicles with over 2000 participants including local school marching bands, Shriners and other businesses and institutions.
 

Historically, over 10,000 people crowd downtown Dallas to view the parade that begins at the Dallas Elementary. The parade will move from there around to Main Street, ending at the historic Paulding County Court House and Square.
 

While rain is forecast for Saturday, good weather is expected during the parade hours of 1-4 p.m.  Wet weather is not expected to move in until after 5 p.m. promising a great day in Dallas to kick off the Holiday.
 

Pcom will be posting a video of the event in this space once production is complete.

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Paulding's EMA encourages Paulding county residents to prepare for winter

02 Dec 2016

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Are You Prepared for Winter Weather?
  Winter Weather Preparedness Week Dec. 5-9
(Hiram, GA) – While many consider the snow and ice that accompanies the winter season to be scenic, people can forget that winter weather has the potential to devastate communities and affect thousands of people. Devastating, thick layers of snow and ice can shut down transportation in many parts of our state, making it important for all Georgia residents to be prepared. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency’s Ready Georgia campaign, along with Paulding County EMA, is urging Georgians to take time to get ready for potentially disastrous weather emergencies this winter.

be prepared“Winter Weather Preparedness Week is a great time to update plans for potential severe winter weather hazards,” said Joey Pelfrey, EMA Director for Paulding County. “Since winter weather in Paulding County can be unpredictable, we recommend everyone check readiness kits this week to make sure everything is still working and useable.”

Winter storms are “deceptive killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to storms, according to the National Weather Service. Instead, people die because of events like traffic accidents on icy roads and hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. Winter Weather Preparedness Week, from Dec. 5-9, was created to raise awareness of winter weather hazards and reinforce understanding of associated terminology.

Throughout the week, Ready Georgia and Paulding County EMA encourage all Georgians to prepare for severe weather and replenish necessary supplies among other necessary steps. Each day focuses on different aspects of severe winter weather and provides critical information for preparedness, including these tips:
 
  • Prepare a Ready kit of emergency supplies for your home. Include at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, water, a flashlight with extra batteries, a NOAA Weather Radio, adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm, as well as additional supplies for the unique needs of your family, such as medication or pet Ready kits.
  • Keep an extra Ready kit in the trunk of your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.
  • Create an emergency communications plan so family members will know who to contact if separated during a storm. Designate at least one out-of-town contact who all family members can call. Determine a way to let family and friends know you¡¦re OK if the power goes out. Create a customized plan for your family using the Ready Georgia website or mobile app.
  • Make sure you have a way to stay informed about winter weather. Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio or other battery-operated radio to monitor changing winter weather conditions. Download the Ready Georgia mobile app, which includes geo-targeted severe weather and emergency alerts that will notify your phones before disasters strike.
  • Winterize your vehicle and keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent your fuel line from freezing.
  • Winterize your home by placing weather stripping around doors and windows. During cold weather, allow faucets to drip, and open cabinet doors to let heat reach uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
  • Identify an alternate heat source, like a fireplace or wood-burning stove, and stock sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.

Paulding County residents looking for more information on how to be informed, make a plan and build a kit for winter weather can contact Paulding Co. EMA Coordinator Stephen Dooley 678-383-3421 or visit Ready Georgia's website. For preparedness on the go, download the Ready Georgia mobile app.

Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. The campaign aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive website (www.ready.ga.gov), free mobile app, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences.
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Radar tracking local rainfall 11/28/2016 ... 11/30/2016

29 Nov 2016

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At the time of this posting (approx 6:30 p on 11/28/2016) it has been somewhere over 42 days since the last measurable rain in the county. We have a 100 percent chance of thunderstorms and rain this evening followed by the forecast of additional rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

As I've been posting this same National Weather Service radar image since before 2010, I've got to say that what I see doesn't look much like rain from a thunderstorm. Oh well, it has looked overcast and threatening rain for those out and about and we all hope we get the 2-4" downfall, or deluge, we all anticipate.
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Youths responsible for forest fire at airport

11 Nov 2016

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Youths responsible for Wildfire Near Paulding County Airport

 Hiram, Georgia – November 11, 2016 – Tips from concerned residents have led Paulding County Investigators to the cause of Tuesday’s 120 acre wildfire which started near the Paulding County Airport on Tuesday morning.

 Four juveniles, ranging in age from 7 to 13 years old, had been playing with a lighter in a wooded area. The individuals lit dried leaves on fire. Despite their efforts to extinguish the blaze, it quickly spread as a result of the extremely dry conditions.

Schools were closed that day due to the election. Based on their ages, names of the suspects are not being released. However, Paulding County Fire & Rescue will be enrolling the four individuals and their families in the Youth Firesetter & Intervention Program (YFIP).

The program, which is court sanctioned and can be court mandated, is sponsored by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center and the Georgia Firefighter’s Burn Foundation.

Juvenile firesetting is a serious, dangerous, and costly behavior. Children are responsible for 46 percent of all fires deliberately set in the United States and one in four fire deaths is attributed to children playing with fire.

Nearly 80,000 structure fires, 300 deaths and more than 1.2 billion dollars in property damage were caused by children last year. And, more than 50 percent of arson arrests nationally are juveniles.

This is a very serious indicator of the pervasiveness of this problem. But this statistic does not include the far greater number of juvenile firesetting incidents that never attain the status of criminal arson.
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